Sonic Nuance Blog: Performance

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  • Human Hearing

    Today I was pondering the question of what dB change the average human can detect (its approxim...

  • How Loud Should It Be?

    This podcast is a discussion with opinions on how loud the music should be in a contemporary Ch...

  • soundman

    Soundman – Help Him Out

    I have found most people in the audience do not know that the soundman controls how the perform...

  • Stage Volume

    Stage Volume

    In a previous post on in ear monitors, I described how efforts to remove wedges from stages hav...

  • bone

    Thoughts on Being Teachable

    I have a theory about old sayings.  My theory is this,  “old sayings that still hold true...

  • Musical Part Salad

    Salad & Musical Parts

    Imagine a garden salad.  A perfect garden salad.  A nice plate with the right proportions of le...

  • What to Bring

    What to Bring to the Gig

    Today I talk about items to bring to a musical performance (aka “gig”).  I wanted t...

  • music theory

    Basic Music Theory for the Performer (Part 1)

    If you find your performances or songwriting is in a rut, one way to add diversity is to use a ...

  • worship team

    Ways to Treat Your Worship Team…Or Not

    I am often reminded watching great worship teams how much communication and experience comes in...

  • sounds bad

    Why I Like Bad Mixes When Performing

    Recently I had a discussion with a worship leader friend regarding how we mix our personal moni...

  • a cat warming up

    Warm Ups

    Even though musical performance is not a sport, it does share a similarity in terms of the impo...

  • Congregation Singing

    When the Congregation Is Not Singing

    I have noticed a concern among many worship leaders, team members and pastors as to whether or ...

  • Watch the Tempo

    I have found over the years that the most obvious problem in a performance to the average liste...

  • Tone Chasing

    An obsession of mine throughout my playing music is with good sound quality (or tone).  I find ...

  • headphones

    In Ear Monitors

    One advance in musical performance technology that I have welcomed as both an audience member a...

  • To Those Who Are Given Much

    “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required” Luke 12:48 ESV I wa...

  • What Makes Them Great?

    I have been thinking recently on what are the characteristics of a great musical team/band memb...

  • Horror of the Playback

    Of all the techniques I have used to improve as an ensemble player, the most helpful has been r...

  • Follow The Leader

    While it has been said that there are no rules in music, in my opinion there are time tested gu...

  • Contemporary vs Traditional Worship

    Recently I have been pondering my history of listening to Christian or “church” mus...

  • Help The Soundman

    I have great respect for people with one of the most difficult jobs when it comes to live perfo...

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